The area of strength in American Literature and Culture offers students the opportunity to research and write in an array of Americanist fields and periods from the colonial era to the present, including African American, Asian American, and U.S. Latinx literary and cultural studies,19th-century literature and culture, disability studies, gender/sexuality/LGBTQ studies, and 20th-century and contemporary literatures and cultures. American Literature and Culture takes a hemispheric view of “American." This means understanding the term not only as signifying writing, film, and music from the United States but from the greater Americas as well. Students with interests in Caribbean, Pacific, borderlands, Canadian, and Latin American literatures and cultures can thus study those traditions here in view of their diasporic and transnational aesthetics, histories, and politics. Faculty in American Literature and Culture have strengths in literary history, genre studies, and cultural and critical theory, making the area a prime one for making connections with other fields in literary and cultural studies in the department and beyond.